As per Reuters on Sunday, Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of the Android software, hardware and other technical services except for those publicly available via the open source licensing in a blow to the Chinese technology company that the Government of United States has sought to blacklist around the world.
This move by Google can wobble Huawei’s smartphone business outside China as all the devices will immediately lose access to all future Android updates.
Furthermore, all the future versions of Huawei smartphones which run on the Android will lose access to the Google Play Store, GMail and YouTube among other popular Google services.
On Thursday the Trump Administration added Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to a trade blacklist, which enacts restrictions that will make it super difficult for Huawei to do business with U.S. counterparts.
On Friday the Commerce Department of the United States said that they might scale back restrictions on Huawei to “prevent the interruption of the existing network equipment and operations.” Huawei’s access to mobile software would be affected is a point that still remains unclear.
The extent to which the Chinese mobile manufacturer will be hurt by the U.S. Government’s blacklist is not yet known. Numerous chip experts have questioned Huawei’s ability to continue to operate without the assistance from the United States.
Access to the version of the Android operating system will be available to the Chinese manufacturer through the open source license, known as the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which is free to use.
As per Google, there are about 2.5 billion active Android devices (smartphones and tablets) worldwide.
As per the source, Google will stop providing Huawei with access, collaboration and technical support involving its proprietary services and apps going forward.